ENROLLMENT QUESTIONS?

The first step of our admissions process is to read through our website to learn more about our holistic faith-based education model.

Once you have read through our website, and you are enthusiastic about holistic faith-based education, the next step in the admissions process is to complete a 15 minute pre admissions phone appointment with our staff. See below to complete this form after reviewing our website. 

We are a small school and are actively working with our students so we do appreciate you completing our form so that we can contact you and give you our undivided attention. Thank you!  

Our tuition and fee schedule is available on our Pre-Admissions Phone Appointment and Waitlist Form. Please review our tuition and fees to ensure that you understand the out-of-pocket cost associated with enrollment. 

LIMITED OPENINGS

INCLUSION: 6th-8th grade ESE: 4th-12th grade

Questions about our inclusion and ESE classrooms are answered via our Pre-Admissions Appt Request Form below

NO OPENINGS

INCLUSION: Kindergarten-5th grade, 9th-12th grade 

INTERESTED IN BEING ADDED TO OUR WAITLIST? You can utilize the form below to be added to our waitlist if we do not currently have a spot available for the grade you are interested in. We will contact you when a spot becomes available OR in February 2024 if no spots open up for the 2023-2024 instructional year. 

We actively engage our students with holistic, hands-on, activities and science experiments. We make learning FUN!

Who We Are

Ocala Preparatory Academy is a K-12 private school located in SW Ocala, FL, founded in 2016. We provide holistic education: development & engagement of all aspects of the learner, including mind, body, and spirit. Our students enjoy hands on learning and learning with their peers. We are a faith based (Christian) private school.

We believe that physical activity, during the instructional day, assists with the learning process. Consequently, all K-12 students go outside, either to enjoy learning in a different environment or to participate in various intramural sports, activities, and games. As a result, our students are inspired to learn and excel! 

Our students thrive in our small classes, offering hands on, project based and holistic options whenever possible. Students are offered opportunities to work independently, in peer groups, or on team-based projects.  Student-centered learning is a focal point of our education model. Furthermore, we believe in teaching students to be self-directed and invested in the learning process. 

 

What is Holistic Faith Based Education?

Holistic Faith Based Education means that we educate children to become well-rounded and confident adults. Our caring staff focuses on the development of emotional, social, spirtual and cognitive wellbeing of each student. Educating the whole child means that our focus is not just on students passing tests or getting smarter (though that does occur in an environment where student's social and emotional development is key).

Our focus is on creating well-rounded, happy, and spiritually uplifted students. We educate and develop the whole student. Educating our students is important, but it is equally important to focus on overall good health (eating healthy foods, drinking water, getting lots of outside time/sunshine, positive affirmations, and more), spiritual development and positive relationships (friends, family, our caring staff).

 

We embrace a caring classroom culture and engage our students with experiential learning. See below for information on our curriculum.

 

Curriculum

Engaging curriculum and discussion are a part of our holistic approach to education. We use an infusion of different types of curricula to meet the diverse needs of our student population. At the inception of Ocala Preparatory Academy (2016-2018), we asked parents on our admissions application if they would be comfortable with using faith based (Christian) curriculum when this was the best option for our students. Starting in the 23-24 instructional year, we are thrilled to offer (Christian) faith-based options integrated in the curriculum. Some of curriculum choices offered in our classrooms are Abeka, Wonders, Dave Ramsey’s Foundations for Personal Finance (for middle and high school students), alongside our hands on, project-based assignments. Please see throughout the main page of our website for pictures of the fun learning opportunities we provide our students.

Choices in curriculum are made based on the diverse needs of our students. There is not one curriculum that works for all our students, so we will always use the curriculum that best suits each classroom (and at times, each student) which is geared toward holistic and hands on approaches to learning whenever possible. If we find curriculum that we feel is a good fit for students that is faith based, we will select the faith-based option, if it is the best fit for our students.

 

Limited enrollment is offered to allow for this holistic approach to education. 

 

Our History 

In December 2015, after lots of prayer and mindfulness, our parent company, OASN started the process to open Ocala Preparatory Academy. After being in two smaller offices, we were excited to move to our current building in March 2016. This move was done as a huge leap of our faith by our board members that our executive director would be able to raise the funds to be able to stay in our current building long term. We have since outgrown this building and need a larger space. We appreciate your prayers and donations to find our build a larger building. 

We didn’t have much but we were able to start year one (2016-2017 instructional year) of Ocala Preparatory Academy with books that were purchased (and some donated-we are so grateful!) from a Catholic school in Gainesville that was moving their curriculum to iPads.

 

Non Denominational Statement of Purpose

Ocala Preparatory Academy (OPA) is a non denominational private school that abides by Christian principles in all that we do:

Believe

OPA students are taught to live out Christian principles at school, home, and in the world.

Learn

We look at our students holistically and ask for God's direction in all that we do. Our small class sizes and holistic approach help us to achieve this daily goal of supporting each student's success.

Lead

OPA students are taught the importance of their character, morality and integrity. We are mindful of this in our daily prayers with our students and in our morning staff meetings.

Serve

OPA students are taught that they have a greater purpose in life. Through mindful prayer and instruction, our staff helps guide our students to learn what their true purpose is.

 

 

Student Testimonials

In May 2023, we asked our students what they love about our school and why we need to expand. Here are a few of our student testimonials starting with elementary students and ending with our high school students (grades levels noted are for the 2022-2023 instructional year):

"This school made me realize how much I needed relationships. There is so much support from the teachers and staff. I love them so very much. They have done so much and they need to franchise this school for kids everywhere! Thank you so much, good bye. L.M. (initials) elementary school student that has moved.

"This school helps me learn without my ADHD stopping me!" J.L. (initials) elementary school student

"The teachers are nice and amazing. The teachers make it easier to get better grades. You get help when you need it. The people (students) are really nice". S.J. (initials) elementary school student

"This school has done a lot for me and in my opinion, I feel like they have done more for me than other schools. I could definitely tell that the teachers care about students' mentality and recognize the balance for what is "too much" and what is "just right". My knowledge certainly went up and I'm shocked to find myself at a point where I have almost straight A's! This is something I have never received before. I understand we need a larger building and I want to expand this place to have more classrooms and educate more students" L.E. (initials)-middle school student 

"What I like about being a student here is that I love how the teachers help you with the subjects until you understand. The staff is nice and polite. In other schools, I never got treated with respect or kindness but when I came to this school., I felt safe and treated with respect and kindness. The students here are chill, funny and nice. The staff are always looking after you and asking if you need anything. The teachers and staff are calm and treat you with respect. This is why this is my favorite school. One thing that would be a blessing is that we could get a larger building with more space for a lunch room, activities and a gym." N.C. (initials)-middle school student

"What I like about this school is having a great teacher and people (staff) that like to help us. I like going outside and playing with friends and doing fun things with other people (students). That is why I love this school! " L.M.G. (initials)- middle school student 

"What I like about this school is that they have made me feel like you are home, it is like family here. They have the best teachers and staff. I like that it is small, more calm and you feel safe but I do think the school needs to expand. I would really appreciate it if people could donate so that my school can get bigger and provide more academics for more kids. I am so happy I found this school. O.C. (initials) middle school student 

"For the past two years I have been here, I have met many great friends along the way and many teachers have taught me a lot of things for my life's future. Without this school. I never would have gotten to where I am now. Thank you so much, Mrs. Karen!"  T.J. (initials) middle school student 

"The reason I like being here is because it is nothing like my other school. For example: The hours are shorter, the teachers are nice, and when I am not feeling well, Mrs. Karen is here for me and helps me with my homework. I do not know where I would be right now if I was not here." C.D. (initials) high school student

"I like being at this school because my old school did not pay attention to me when I needed help with my work." B.N. (initials)-high school student 

 

Florida Department of Education Requirements

 

In compliance with Florida statue, our teachers meet one (or more) of the following requirements:

 

-Three or more years of public and/or private school teaching. 

-Special skills, knowledge, or expertise that qualifies them to provide instruction in subjects taught.

-Baccalaureate Degree (BA or BS) or higher.

 

 

Ocala Preparatory Academy meets all Florida Department of Education requirements to participate in state scholarship programs. Click here for these requirements. Additionally, Ocala Preparatory Academy meets the requirements set forth by the Department of Education to be listed in their directory of private schools. Click here for these requirements. Below are the graduation requirements for Florida-24-Credit Standard Diploma (subject to legislative changes):

 

  1. 4 Credits ELA, consisting of English 1, 2, 3, and 4 - ELA honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and dual enrollment courses may satisfy this requirement (noting we do not offer dual enrollment currently)

 

  1. 4 Credits Mathematics - One of which must be Algebra 1 and one of which must be Geometry; Industry Certifications that lead to college credit may substitute for up to two mathematics credits (except for Algebra 1 and Geometry); An identified computer science credit may substitute for up to one mathematics credit (except for Algebra 1 and Geometry)

 

  1. 3 Credits Science - One of which must be Biology 1, two of which must be equally rigorous science courses; Two of the three required course credits must have a laboratory component; Industry Certifications that lead to college credit may substitute for up to one science credit (except for Biology 1); An identified computer science course may substitute for up to one science credit (except for Biology 1).

 

  1. 3 Credits Social Studies -1 credit in World History, 1 credit in U.S. History, 0.5 credit in U.S. Government, 0.5 credit in Economics.

 

  1. 1 Credit Fine and Performing Arts, Speech and Debate, or Practical Arts

 

  1. 1 Credit Physical Education - To include the integration of

 

  1. 8 Elective Credits

 

 

Expansion Plans

We are searching for a larger building with a minimum of 7500 square feet and 2 acres land, zoned B2 or PUD preferably (we would also consider land donation or shared use with a church or faith-based organization). Contact our executive or associate director if you are able to donate land or a building in SW Ocala.

 

Hearts From Students
Mrs. Holly Science Experiment
Passport Picture Ms. Cristina

Ocala Preparatory Academy (a subsidiary of OASN) admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded and made available. Ocala Preparatory Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its policies. Ocala Preparatory Academy is a private institution, reserves the privilege of setting and maintaining its own standards for student conduct, dress, and cleanliness. Ocala Preparatory Academy maintains the right to refuse admittance to anyone who fails to meet the entrance requirements and to suspend or expel any student who violates the standards set down in our policies and procedures handbook. (IRS 26 CFR 601.201: Rulings and determination letters. (Also: Part I, § 501; 1.501(c)(3)-1.)  

                                     

Choice scholarships accepted & parent financial participation is required. 

 

Ocala Preparatory Academy is a K-12 private school located in SW Ocala, FL, founded in 2016. We provide faith based holistic education: development & engagement of all aspects of the learner, including mind, body, and spirit. Our students enjoy hands on learning and learning with their peers.

 

We are a faith-based Christian school.

 

Ocala Preparatory Academy (a subsidiary of OASN) admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded and made available. Ocala Preparatory Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its policies. Ocala Preparatory Academy is a private institution, reserves the privilege of setting and maintaining its own standards for student conduct, dress, and cleanliness. Ocala Preparatory Academy maintains the right to refuse admittance to anyone who fails to meet the entrance requirements and to suspend or expel any student who violates the standards set down in our policies and procedures handbook. (IRS 26 CFR 601.201: Rulings and determination letters. (Also: Part I, § 501; 1.501(c)(3)-1.)  

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Hours:

Instructional Year August-May 8:45am-2:30pm M-F*

June 8:45am-12:30pm Tuesday-Friday*

*We are closed during the times listed below:

Spring Break, Thanksgiving Week, Winter Break, all major holidays, Good Friday, the last week of May, the entire month of July, the first week in August, and staff work days

 

Additional note: Our hours of operation are subject to change.